TRAVEL ALBUM: OAHU IN PICTURES
Hawaii has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember; my parents spent part of their honeymoon in Hawaii, and so did my sister and her husband. We’re practically Hawaiian. Ok, not really. But when planning this trip Jason and I only had six nights to play with, so we decided to choose two islands where we could spend three nights on each island. We were initially torn between Maui and Hawaii Island, but after speaking to my family and many friends, they were all unanimous in their advice – Hawaii Island. More on that soon… The island we had no problem deciding was Oahu, for obvious reasons – Pipeline. Jason is a really good surfer, like really good. And I love being by the ocean so our decision was a no brainer. Home to the state capital Honolulu, this island has everything and more. With picturesque volcanic mountains, hundreds of hiking trails to suit all fitness levels, crystal clear water, the best poke, food trucks and acai bowls in the state of Hawaii, a thriving beach party scene in Waikiki, and home to the heaviest wave in the world, Oahu is a playground for the adventurous. Unfortunately, we didn’t get enough time to explore Pearl Harbour. I’m pretty sure somewhere on this blog I’ve admitted I am a big WWII history buff, so you can imagine how gutted I was to have missed immersing myself in the history of Pearl Harbour. But I know I’ll be back.
Anyway, I thought about writing a quick travel guide but sometimes it’s nice just to look at photos to see where I went, rather than taking a lot of time to read about where I went. So I hope you enjoy my latest blog post - Oahu in pictures!
Need help getting there? No worries. We flew with Hawaiian Airlines from Australia, and they were fantastic. You can read all about my experience here. Need somewhere to stay? We stayed in Waikiki, which is where most tourists stay on the island for its central location and ultimately, it's convenience for cafes and restaurants. We stayed at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, and it was incredible! Check out my blog post here, I've included lots of photos and things to see and do at the shimmering resort.
This is Yokohama Bay, which is located on the northern tip on the west coast. With rolling volcanic mountains pouring into the beautiful ocean, we found this beach spot very beautiful. However Hawaiian's love their BBQ and there were hundreds of people lining the beach further up from this spot, so it started to get a little too hectic.
I took this photo of Waikiki Beach from one of the apartments at Hilton Hawaiian Village. The water truly is that clear and beautiful!
It's no secret I love sashimi. I could live off it. So when Jason told me about a little place in Oahu that is known to serve the best Poke in Hawaii, I couldn't wait to try it. This is the original seaweed poke, and a big thanks to Action Bronson for giving us the tip. I'll make sure to do a quick little blog post soon so you know where to get it.
The houses the line the North Shore along Pipe are incredible!
When I took this photo, a group of college girls ran behind me yelling 'Spring Breaakkkk' - many lols from me. Anyway...in the far distance (to the left of the photo) you'll just be able to see Makapuu Lighthouse.
And this is the view of Makapuu Beach, down where you can see the cars in the distance is where I took the photo above from. The waves can get quite big so it's a great spot for bodyboard riders. You can also get some respite from the swell by having some fun in the tidal pools.
The Lanakai Pillbox Hike is an absolute must and offers some of the most incredibly beautiful views of Oahu. The hike is perfect for everyone - from beginners to more advanced hikers. It took us about 20 to 30 minutes to get to the top.
This is Sandy Beach and is a well known spot for waves, when the swell is perfect. We found the water colour to be consistently blue like this when we drove around the coastline. So stunning!
Jason contemplating Pipe before jumping in the water. You can't really tell from this photo but the swell on this day was around 8 ft. For me, the biggest difference I noticed was the loud noise the waves made when they crashed, it sounded like thunder so I guess that's where it got it's name for being the heaviest wave in the world...
The best way to explore Oahu is by car. We hired ours with Alamo and they were great! In the distance you can see Chinaman's Hat protruding from the ocean - very cool.
The view sitting on top of a Pillbox at Lanakai got me good, real good.
We didn't know Halona Blowhole Lookout existed until we saw the car park and decided to pull in. Instead of following all the tourists, we walked back up the road and discovered this secluded beach. Talk about beautiful!
Just another spectacular beach along the coastline of Oahu...
The acai bowls in Oahu are epic. Often on the larger size, we were yet to meet a bowl we could actually finish!
A view from above at Makapuu Lookout! #bluecrush
What I loved most about Oahu was being able to pull the car onto the side of the road to go swimming at one of the many unnamed beaches. Just look at that water!
Volcanic mountains, roadside.
The view from the top of the Lanakai Pillbox Hike just on sunrise. I still can't get over that beautiful light!
We literally stumbled across Kahana Bay, and this beach was by far my favourite spot on the entire island of Oahu. Here you can find me happily strolling along Kahana Bay Beach with the theme song of Jurassic Park playing in my head...of course.
Pulling the car over for another swim, and this time, a swing.